House Tour: Inside Beetroot & Black’s Victorian home

Woman with long dark hair sat on dark blue velvet sofa

This characterful property is home to popular instagrammer and photographer, Beetroot and Black. Classic, yet dramatic, her Victorian end of terrace boasts striking period features with a decadent blend of deep dark colours, rustic furniture and stunning lighting.

Living room with dark grey walls and deep blue velvet sofa


Who lives here: Rachael, her husband Matt and two children, Lily and Harry.

Location: North East England

Size: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms


A beautiful Victorian end of terrace dating back to 1896. Rachael fell for the property mainly because it was full of character and retained all of its original features. When it came to renovating the interior, Rachael wanted the style to flow throughout the house and for it to be in keeping with the period of property. She successfully achieved this by keeping it classic with the addition of bold accents to give each room individuality.

Victorian fireplace with dark grey walls and round wall mirror

Dark living room with green plants and blue footstool

View from hallway up staircase with round wall mirror and white carpet runner up stairs

With the renovations complete, for now, Rachael loves nothing more than picking up her camera and shooting the gorgeous images of her wonderful home you see on her instagram account. If you’re looking for inspiration for a family-friendly home with a brooding aesthetic, you’re in for a treat.

What’s your favourite room in the house and why?

It has to be the kitchen. It’s spacious, relaxing and the hub of the home where we spend most of our day – a real family room with multiple uses, we cook, eat, play and relax in this room.

Dining area with industrial dining table, brick wall and white fireplace

View of kitchen from dining room with exposed brick wall and dark grey feature wall

What would be your dream property and why?

I will always buy period properties, because I love the character and original features. One day I would love to have a detached house with a wrap around garden and the privacy that comes with it.

What type of interior style do you lust over?

Although my home has a classic family-friendly style, I do love quite minimal and neutral earthy tones, but this is impossible when you have a small family!

Under the stairs cloakroom with green patterned wallpaper

What’s your favourite piece of furniture in your home?

I have a reclaimed wood dining table that’s actually in storage at the minute as it’s too big for my dining room, but I love it and will use it again one day when I get that detached house! I also have many upcycled furniture pieces. If I can upcycle or buy or buy secondhand, I will. I think it’s important for the environment to reuse where you can and it adds genuine character to a home.

Industrial dining table with black metal legs and dark wood dining chairs

What piece of furniture are you lusting over right now?

I have my eye on your fabulous Winchester Reclaimed Wood Large Chest of Drawers. It would look perfect in my master bedroom.

Large reclaimed wood chest of drawers with Buddha head ornaments

For some more interior inspiration, see Rachael’s instagram account @beetrootandblack.

Images Rachael Wilshaw @beetrootandblack.